- 04 Mar 2021
Leeds City Council - Letter for parents March
Please find attached a letter from Leeds City Council to families about the full re-opening of schools on 8th March. It reiterates my message yesterday, that we must remain vigilant as rates of infection remain high in the city. The letter also contains information about how primary school families can obtain access to home testing.
- 03 Mar 2021
8th March Full School Reopening
Please find attached the letter which gives all the information about the full re-opening of school on Monday 8th March. Our plans are very similar to what they were in September. Please read the letter carefully and get in touch if you are unsure about any of the arrangements. I will sending it by email and will also put it on the homepage of the website. It is worth noting that if you click on the little world/globe symbol at the top of the main website page you can change the language. This may be useful for some of our families, as I know there is a lot of information to take on board. Please note only pupils who are well and not isolating should attend. Children who are classed as clinically extremely vulnerable should not attend until the shielding period ends. We are looking forward to seeing you all on Monday 8th March.
Mrs Grady, Governors and Staff at St Patrick's.
- 15 Feb 2021
Monday 15.2.21 Update
I hope you all remain well. I just wanted to give you an update as we begin the half-term break. Teachers have been told to close their Google Classrooms this week - no new learning will be put on there. Our staff have continued to work every day since we returned in the New Year. I think it is important for both staff and the children to take a break from the screens. Before closing the staff should have posted a nice World Book Day costume activity that the children could try making this week, if you are feeling creative. Hopefully, staff will have also shared a wonderful online library resource full of links to books to promote mental wellbeing and personal development. This link has come courtesy of Chris Dyson at Parklands Primary. Please check your child's Google Classroom for links to both World Book Day and the PSHE library. If you need to contact school this week please use the firstname.lastname@example.org - it is checked daily.
Ash Wednesday - Lent begins this week. I spoke to the children about this on Friday. I am attaching a Lent calendar that can be printed off - it has a focus each day. A lot of the activities focus on prayer and this is something we are called to do during Lent. If you are unable to book a place at Mass on Wednesday click on the following link from the Diocese and it will direct you to 'live' Parish Masses in the Diocese. https://www.dioceseofleeds.org.uk/weekday-mass/
School is also closed to key worker children this week. A big thank you to all the staff who have been in school every day caring for pupils - everyone is working together to meet the needs of you our families. Thank you to all the parents who returned the Google Surveys about our remote learning offer, they are overwhelming positive. Please check your emails if you have not yet seen it - we would appreciate your feedback.
It seems that the 8th March is still the key date for the re-opening of school to greater numbers. As soon as I have more information, I will let you know. Until then the Google Classroom will reopen on 22nd February in the morning. We have tried to ensure everybody who asked for help with a device have been given the loan of one. Please contact school ASAP if you are struggling to get online. We have some older models that will allow you to access the online classroom.
Stay safe and take care everyone
- 01 Feb 2021
- 11 Jan 2021
Tuesday 11.1.21 Update
Good afternoon everyone,
We said prayers this morning for everyone in our school community- may God keep you all well. It was lovely to see so many children join staff for our online assembly celebrating the Feast of the Baptism of Our Lord.
I have asked the teaching staff to make a note of anyone who is not accessing the work on Google Classroom or Tapestry (Reception class) - we will be contacting shortly to discuss the reason why. It is so important your child goes on each day and follows the instructions given by the teachers. I know homes are very busy places and you have lots of demands and some days this will be easier than others but we must all work together to keep the learning up - daily reading is non-negotiable and should be part of your routine. I know Tapestry has been running slow today, please keep trying. If this does not resolve we will begin using Google Classroom with our Reception class.
I am still waiting for information regarding vouchers for those eligible for free school meals - I will therefore be purchasing this weeks from the school budget - these will be sent out via Wonde tomorrow.
I have attached a letter sent to schools by Leeds City Council at the end of last week. It urges all parents to keep their children at home as this is the safest place. We only have a small number of children in school because their parents are key workers and have no other option regarding childcare. Thank you for thinking of both the staff and our families, this service is only being used as a very last resort. I know there are other schools locally that are closing bubbles because they already have positive cases among key worker children. This is sad situation for the parents who are then unable to continue going to work to fulfill essential roles.
I am hoping to produce a short newsletter by the end of this week to keep the community informed about all the brilliant learning going on in our virtual classrooms.
Take care everyone - stay home and stay safe